CORE 2025

Vision of CORE 2025 Program

CORE 2025 or C2025 is an early outreach, high-touch cohort pipeline program with the objective of building a larger pipeline of academically prepared, college-ready multicultural students. As the state’s land grant research university, we believe the University of Minnesota has a responsibility to educate and prepare the state’s future thought leaders in business and industry, across multiple fields. In order to meet Minnesota’s future workforce needs, we must ensure that U of M graduates represent the growing diversity of the population of our state. Minnesota’s K-12 population is increasingly diverse and therefore a natural pipeline for the university. However, given the significant educational disparities between White students and multicultural students, there is a challenge that we must overcome in order to ensure all future U of M students are prepared to succeed at the collegiate level. In order to do this, the University will launch a new initiative to develop a pipeline of highly prepared multicultural students from our home state.

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Who we're looking for...

CORE 2025 is actively seeking current eight graders from multicultural, first-generation, and under-resourced backgrounds in Minneapolis/St. Paul Public schools who enjoy learning, show a high level of motivation, and who are seeking support on their path to college.



Online Application

To apply for CORE 2025, please complete the online application found here or click the "Apply now" button.  


Strategic Goal

MCAE Students

The goal of C2025 is to increase the number of multicultural Minnesota students that graduate from the University annually by 2025.  More specifically, we intend to identify high achieving multicultural students (defined as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, Mexican American, Multiracial, Native American, Somali, Asian Pacific Islanders, as well as other under resourced populations). Potential C2025 students will be identified based on teacher/out-of-school partner recommendation as well as other methods. C2025 students will be required to participate in a number of programs that will enhance their preparation for college, thereby growing the pipeline of college ready, multicultural high school students.  Preparation programs will include regular campus visits, academic enrichment workshops, mentoring, resilience and grit building workshops, among other successful and sound methods.

Once fully operational, the program will serve nine cohorts of students on an ongoing basis from their eighth (8th) grade year through their graduation or fourth year of college. CORE and OED will work with campus partners like the Office of Admissions/Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Office of Student Affairs, among others, to support students in their transition to and success at the U of M.  C2025 is operationalized in conjunction with the Community Outreach, Retention, and Engagement Program (CORE) in the Office for Equity and Diversity and the Office of the President at the University of Minnesota.  

Major Programs and Activities

Co-curricular programs and activities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Campus visits (Four visits each year: Starting in August (Date to be confirmed)
  • (Off campus) College readiness curriculum facilitated through e-learning program: OnTrack to Postseconday Education
  • (On campus) College readiness curriculum: Ramp-Up to Readiness
  • College counseling and personal development seminars
  • College peer engagement
  • Cultural activities/Social events/Field trips

Sample Programs/Activities

  • Physics Force (January)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert (January)
  • UMN Science Fair (October)
  • Raptor Center 
  • Weisman Art Museum
  • Gopher Athletic Events
  • College of Biological Sciences Conservatory - St. Paul Campus 


Nationally and at the University of Minnesota, students of color - in general, and specifically men of color - lag behind all other students as it relates to academic success.  They enroll, matriculate, and graduate at lower rates than all other student demographics.  In order to change this, the University must make a concerted effort to engage with multicultural students, especially men of color, before they even reach college age.  There are many successful national program models that can be duplicated.  The most successful programs have cohort models that focus on success and help to instill and highlight grit and resilience in overcoming challenging life circumstances that could impede academic success.  The C2025 program will incorporate the best of these models to create a cohort of multicultural students who will graduate from the University of Minnesota in 2025.

The business case for this program is strong.  Over the next 25 years the demographics of the Twin Cities region will change dramatically.  Currently, the region is almost 80% White, but will be closer to 50% in 25 years according to most population estimates.  In order for the University of Minnesota to operationalize its land grant mission of serving the state’s citizenry and to continue to be the economic driver of the region, we need to produce graduates who are representative of this emerging diversity.


Shakeer Abdullah 
Phone: 612-624-5124